Heard about Chicago brakes, but know nothing about them. Can anyone fill me in.
I don't know anything about them, but they appear to be installed upside down.
As installed as shown, they will be self energizing in reverse, but not forward.
Looks very much like my Rocky Mountain brake except it's upside down. Maybe it was installed to stop the car from rolling backward if the car stalled going uphill and the brake failed?
Those are A-C brakes.
I have at least a part of a set of those. I'd like to see more pictures if you have them?
Tried to get some shots that would make some since. Not much good at this computer stuff. The forum says it will only take 100K pictures. Time I get them this low you can hardly make out what they are. I must be missing something.
Wonder if they are made by the same company that made my over and under transmission. A Chicago mark E. Its old, but a quality unit.
Very good. Thank you .
That is an AC brake. You can see the AC upside down at the bottom of the bracket. Mike has good eyes! I have AC brakes on one of my T's and they look just like the Rockies that are available from the Rocky Mountain Brake company. Your brakes are installed upside down. The way to correct that is to swap from one side to the other and then you will have self energizing in the forward direction. They are a very good brake.
Just purchased a set of "Bonar" accessorie brakes off the classifieds (thx Tony). Look a lot like the Bennet style). Anyone know the history on these (who made them, strengths/weaknesses)?
Byron's T might have two reverse and one forward speed too.
The Bonars used to make a RM or Bennet-style brake set back in the '70s for Model Ts. I believe they lived in Florida and were active members but I think they have passed on. Mr. Bonar also made some sort of insert bearings for the mains but I don't know how popular these were.
Many Thanks Warren.